Bleachers’ debut album Strange Desire was already one of the best pop records of last year. Now, creator Jack Antonoff has recruited pop stars like Carly Rae Jepsen, Tinashe, Sia and Charli XCX to contribute to a companion covers album featuring only women artists.
Some of the songs are completely new covers, while others are re-works and remixes of the original tracks that Antonoff worked on in collaboration with the artists. The album is free to download on Google Play.
“I love female voices,” Antonoff wrote on Twitter. “I wish I had one. When I write songs I typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so I can hit the notes…I like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song.”
As the project’s name—Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2—implies, this is not the first time Antonoff has recruited women artists to re-interpret his work. Scarlett Johansson, Alia Shawkat, Tegan and Sara and others covered the last studio album Antonoff released with his former band Steel Train in 2010.
“The process making this was all over the place,” he explained. “This project took a year and tons of recording sessions and through that we all felt very proud something as intense as a full album could be given to the people who bought the original work as a further look into it.”
As for why his pal Taylor Swift wasn’t involved—he contributed to 1989—Antonoff told the New York Times, “I never want anything I do to seem predictable. The point of this project was to express something that was coming from me through other people, and I’ve been lucky enough to do that with Taylor many times. The body of work that Taylor and I have put out there stands separately.”